Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel and raisons. Flavor of toasted malt and some caramel.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin light tan head. Smells of some dark malts, caramel, and very slight roast. Kind of like a mild dopplebock. Taste has some caramel, and light chocolate with some roasty malts. Really light bodied though, which was a little disappointment. Not bad, but better versions of this style available.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty aroma, roasted. Pours dark brown. Very smooth malt flavor, hops aren’t very noticable. Not bad, not great.
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark amber, clear and a nice and creamy head. The aroma is malty and the flavour is sweetish, malty with burnt notes of caramel, light fruit and a moderate bitterness, that develops further in the finish in a citrussy way. 1814
NachlamSie (3023) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I can’t pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings I’ve had. This doesn’t make much of a "strong ale". It’s okay, pretty standard British brew.
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle labeled Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. The aroma has raisins, caramel, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is clear, medium brown with a two finger head. The flavor is sweet and toasty with raisins and a light bitterness. The palate is smooth. A real winner.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, strong ale, eh? Not really sure it fits into this style. 16.9 oz bottle that pours out mostly clear brown with slight red hue that gets the color close to amber. It has a thin tan colored head too. The aroma has a couple of malt notes such as sweet malts with a hint of roastiness, biscuit malts and vague dark fruitiness as well. Nice malty flavor that yields snippets of roasted malts, biscuit malts and a hint of caramel malts. About midway a more roasted malt surfaces along with the vague dark fruitiness picked up in the nose. Very tasty brew.
JorisPPattyn (8646) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
Dark red-foxy beer with medium yellow-beige head. Lots of caramel, treacle even, tinge of moccha, and as the Bitter just tasted, green leaves. Sure it’s one of the typical UK hops. Sweet, portwine with definitely oxydized (malt) notes (strange, as the beer is given good for another 6 months). A bit of treacle, watered down to the limit, molasses. Roasted, certainly, but I’m still looking for the fruit. Unless they mean fruit as they mean "Cadbury’s", when they say "chocolate". Watery syrup. Slight burning in the end. Rather poor, compared to a good German Dunkles. As to "Strong"... All the same, thanks DanP. You sure warned me.
There must be something wrong in the UK. If a Yorkshire brewery calls its beer Leann these days,... Poor Paisley, I’d start having pity...
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown Color with Off White Head. Drying Mouthfeel from Heavy Furry Malt...Some Dark Fruit and Almond..
cgarvieuk (18082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A deep brown, Quite hoppy witha hint of chocolatew, sweet with tones of treacle